Four DeKalb basketball players selected in NBA Draft

NBA drafts four DeKalb County basketball alums on Thursday.

DeKalb County had two first round picks and two second picks during the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

The first alum to hear his name called was former Dunwoody star Chris Singleton (6-9, 230) who went 18th overall to the Washington Wizards. Singleton played three years as a small forward at Florida State after signing with the Seminoles out of Dunwoody High School.

Singleton, a two-time All-ACC First Team player and two-time All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2010-11) led the Seminoles in scoring and rebounding during 2011 with 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game. He was a Class AAA All-State selection as a senior at Dunwoody as he led the Wildcats to a 27-4 record while averaging 21.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game.

Former Tucker Tiger Marshon Brooks (6-5, 201) was next in the opening round as the 25th pick to the Boston Celtics. Brooks was senior shooting guard/small forward coming out of Providence following his high scoring senior season. Brooks was later traded to the New Jersey Nets in a draft day deal.

Brooks earned All-Big East and Third Team All-America honors in 2011 after ranking nationally in scoring at a 24.63 point clip. He scored a Big East record of 52 points in a win against Notre Dame in 2011 and was the only player in the nation to average 24 points and 7 rebounds.  Brooks averaged 20.1 points, 6.0 assists and 8.0 rebounds during his All-State senior season at Tucker. The Tigers finished 31-2 and as the Class AAAA state champions in 2007.

Stone Mountain’s Andrew Goudelock (6-3, 200) was the 46th overall pick and 16th of the second round as the Los Angeles Lakers picked up the high scoring point guard from College Charleston.

Goudelock became the all-time leading scorer for the College of Charleston as he completed his career with 2,571 points. He lead the Southern Conference with a 23.7 points per game average while adding 4.2 assists on his way to becoming the first College of Charleston male athlete to be named the Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year for 2011.
Charleston reached the quarterfinals of the NIT as Goudelock scored 39 points in the first round victory over Dayton. He also earned his third consecutive All-Southern Conference First Team honors in 2011.

Former Columbia All-State player Travis Leslie (6-4, 202) followed right behind Goudelock as the 47th pick overall going to the Los Angeles Clippers as the 17th choice of the second round. Leslie was a junior at Georgia in 2011.

The Georgia Bulldog finished his career with 1,099 points, 551 rebounds, 191 assists and 104 steals and was named to the Coaches All-SEC Second Team in 2011. He averaged 14.4 points, 7.18 rebounds and 2.84 assists in 2011 as he helped lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament.

Leslie was named the AJC’s Class AAAA Player of the Year in 2008 as he led the Columbia Eagles to the Class AAAA state title while averaging 21.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

– Courtesy of Mark Brock, DeKalb County SID

8 comments Add your comment

Dunwoody Wildcat

June 24th, 2011
7:16 pm

DHS Represent! Singleton is going to tear it up!

wow

June 24th, 2011
9:34 pm

can any other area claim that?

Fact Checker

June 25th, 2011
6:09 am

AJC – can’t we count Trey Thompkins since he lives in Lithonia. Sure he didn’t play at a DeKalb High School but hey this is a time to toot our own horn. It’s worth mentioning the quality of kids we have in this county when 5 of the select few in the entire draft are from from DeKalb County. Only 60 kids in this entire world were drafted. When you remove the international kids this mean that DeKalb may have the highest percentage of kids in the entire nation.

JEMJR

June 25th, 2011
12:00 pm

GREAT JOB GUYS!!! WE WISH ALL OF YOU GREAT SUCCESS IN THE NBA…..TUCKER HIGH SCHOOL MARSHON BROOKS WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!!! HATS OFF TO COACH JAMES T. HARTRY……..KEEP THE WINNING TRADITION AT THS

RodDawg

June 25th, 2011
8:10 pm

Yes Thompkins lives in the Stephenson district, and went to Oak Hill and Wesleyan, as did Al-Farouq Aminu who went to Norcross. I can only imagine that team if they stayed in school zone and played together.

My homie

June 26th, 2011
9:26 am

Dont get it twisted Chris is from Canton played one year at dunwoody dont blame him for leaving Cherokee but the born and raised in canton

Sad but true for Stephenson

June 26th, 2011
9:22 pm

There is a lot of talent in the state. Dekalb has a lot of talent. I watched Stephenson MIddle a couple of years ago. It had Al-Faroq Aminu, Trey Thompkins, and Dequan Jones (Univ. of Miami senior). Marshon transferred from Stone Mtn. to Stephenson. He was rejected by the JV coach. Tucker took him and the rest is history. Big lesson for some players. The bigger earlier names have struggled, but the other kids have done well (i.e Marshon, Travis, and Andrew). HARD WORK PAYS OFF. No one throught these three kids would have been drafted. Trey, get yourself in shape and work. You have the talent!!!!!

Fact Checker

June 27th, 2011
5:48 am

Scout.com has an excellent article on its web-page on how high the guys who went in the first round were rated coming out of high school. At least 5 including Marshon and Jimmy Ferdette (two leading scoreres in the entire nation) were totally unranked. The kid from AZ that went #2 was even in the top 75 – he was #97. At least half including Clay Thompson and Alec Burks were totally written off and came in under the radar. These guys made themselves because they worked hard and got better. Talent is good but talent with hard work is even better.